… the man of ‘lawlessness’ …

… there is an interesting passage of scripture that i think we should pay attention to..

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1–12, ESV)

… i am just a simple man with the ability to read.  all i know is that reading that passage makes me look at the events of the past few weeks with great interest ….

… when President Trump’s travel ban was challenged in court in Seattle, the Seattle judge suspended the travel ban at which time President Trump started a twitter storm of contempt for the judicial system in this country.  in other words, his disdain for the rule of law in this country…


“… blame him and the court system … “

… in response to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruling against President Trump’s travel ban, President Trump immediately tweeted:

… disturbing articles …

Trump Tried to Intimidate the Judges Over His Ban, and He Failed – article
“Earlier on Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer had announced that career State Department officials who disagreed with the president’s immigration order should “either get with the program or they can go.” In its attack on Yates, the White House made clear the president expects the same level of quiet obeisance from his attorney general.”

 

Americans aren’t as attached to democracy as you might think – article
“As the PPP’s survey reveals, Trump is appealing to a remarkably receptive audience in his attempts to rule by decree – and many are no longer attached to the rule of law and/or democracy. Other studies confirm these findings. One such study found a dramatic decline in the percentage of people who say it is “essential” to live in a democracy.”

 

Trump’s firing of the acting attorney general sets a dangerous precedent article
“Under long-standing traditions in administrations of both parties, the attorney general is charged with enforcing the law free from political interference from the White House. This standard of independence, unique among Cabinet members, is designed to insulate questions of law from inappropriate political pressure, and presidents and attorneys general who have violated that standard have typically paid a grave price for doing so.”

 

Alternative Twitter Explodes Over Alternative Facts And Gag Ordersarticle
“Trump ordered acting National Park Service Director Michael Reynolds to produce more photos that would back up his insistence — against all visual evidence — that his inauguration crowd on Jan. 20 was bigger than Obama’s in 2009, The Washington Post reported Thursday.”

 

White House for Sale: Trump Team Openly Flouts Ethics Rules in the Nordstrom Flap—Because Congress Will Do Nothingarticle
““Go buy Ivanka’s stuff!” Conway told Fox News from inside the White House. To review: This was a senior White House official using her taxpayer-funded position to exhort cable news viewers to purchase goods from a private business owned by the daughter of her boss, who is the president of the United States. That’s so flagrant that it violates federal ethics laws, which prohibit government employees from using their official position “for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise.””

 

Donald Trump Has the Keys to the Most Invasive Surveillance State in History – article
“In the summer of 1975, on NBC’s Meet the Press, Sen. Frank Church issued an early admonition. He had just completed a comprehensive investigation of the U.S. intelligence community, and he came away stunned by what he discovered at the National Security Agency (NSA), even in the digital Stone Age. “That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left,” Church said. “There would be no place to hide…. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America.””

 

… i found this meme to be very interesting as well;

… what do i know?  i am just a poor man who’s only hope is in the words of the Bible.  i am just amazed at how many people who claim to be followers of Jesus, can so openly support a man who is pretty close to the exact opposite of Jesus the Christ …

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,” (2 Thessalonians 2:3, NKJV)

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